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The first recipients of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Industry: Growth and Stories program

Writers’ rooms, script workshops and audience-driven distribution are the major themes running through Screen Australia’s re-imagined Enterprise Industry program announced today. Amongst the successful recipients are Robert Connolly (Paper Planes) and the Van Vuuren Bros. (Bondi Hipsters).

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A WILL FOR THE WOODS.

February 23rd 2015 04:16
What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial.

“Moving and inspiring…the film is about a life of purpose and a death with meaning.” Nell Minow, The Huffington Post

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CHAPLIN at The State Library.

January 27th 2015 06:28
The State Library NSW is set to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the first public release of a credited Charlie Chaplin film ON Sunday February 1st commencing at 2pm.

Charlie Chaplin who would now be 125 is known as one of the greatest silent film stars in the hostory of cinema. With a multitude of films during a 55 year film career, from THE KID to THE GREAT GOLD RUSH and on to THE GREAT DICTATOR his 1940 parody of Adolph Hitler, Chaplin continues to entertain audiences after more than 100 years. HIs earlier films for Keystone were uncredited due to the policy of the company not crediting their actors.

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THE FEST AT HOME IN THE WEST!

January 19th 2015 02:30
Casula Powerhouse Screens Sydney Film Festival Once a Month in Liverpool

Liverpool Council and one of the world’s longest running film festivals - Sydney Film Festival, today announce a brand new partnership. The pairing will see some of the world’s top cinema screened at Casula Powerhouse in Liverpool in a state of the art D-Cinema theatre.

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Picture House Entertainment who brought you Monty Python Live (mostly) has confirmed they will broadcast two Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) productions into Australian cinemas early next year, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing). Long time collaborator with the RSC Christopher Luscombe, is the director of both productions, which earned rave reviews in London. Luscombe’s credits include The Comedy of Errors and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End.

The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre - Shakespeare's Playhouse
The Royal Shakespeare Company has intentionally paired the two plays, illustrating their belief that Much Ado About Nothing is the sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost, although it was published many years later.

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Sixty seconds to Paris!

December 18th 2014 01:57
Alliance Française French Film Festival - Short Film Competition

To celebrate its 26th edition in style, the Alliance Française French Film Festival and its supporting partner Peugeot Automobiles Australia are offering aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to not only watch films but to also make them!

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Prepare for a cinematic tour-de-force…

The nation’s most sparkling film event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival, will return for its 26th annual season around Australia from early March until mid-April 2015.

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Screen Australia announced its support of 11 television and film projects. Funding of close to $10.7 million will be allocated to a range of screen stories that will trigger production to the value of nearly $59 million.

Sally Caplan, Screen Australia’s Head of Production, said, “We are thrilled to support such a great range of film businesses and filmmakers making a sensational mix of stories. In this round we will back the story of an iconic Australian entertainer in Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door from the award-winning team behind this year’s highest-rating TV drama, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. An award was made to creator Shelley Birse and the highly admired team behind the popular political drama series, The Code, for its follow-up series. We are delighted to have multi-award winner of over 56 industry awards, Andrew Knight, on two projects. Andrew will work on one of these projects with The Sapphires director Wayne Blair, who will return to Australia from an international project to take the helm on a charming rom com with the Australian Muslim community at its heart.

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Tropfest announces today Julian Lucas from Elwood in Victoria has won the coveted fruit trophy for Granny Smith. The short film was chosen by an expert panel of five judges - Australian actor Kat Stewart (Offspring’s Billy Proudman); Australian writer Marcus Zusak – writer of The Book Thief; Hannibal, American Horror Story Asylum and Battle Star Galactica producer and film director Michael Rymer; writer of The Sapphires and actor Tony Briggs; as well as legendary film critic Margaret Pomeranz.
Tropfest 2014
John Polsen and the winners of TROPFEST 2014

Jackson Mullane from Cronulla in NSW took home Second Prize with Red Nuts, and Third Prize went to Stuart Bowen, from Newtown in NSW, for Twisted. Best Male Actor was awarded to Kevin McIssac for his role as the down and out husband in Red Nuts, and Best Female Actress went to Caitlin Scullin for her performance as the love-struck Lady of the Manor in A Lady and a Robot. The $3,000 prize for each short film star was generously donated by Nicole Kidman.

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The Other Film Festival presents a unique program of films at UN HQ New York during the United Nations’ Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This July, the world’s leading disability film festival, Australia’s own THE OTHER FILM FESTIVAL, will present a specially-curated program of films at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the annual meeting of the member states of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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